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How I Handle Sunday Mornings By Myself

You may know that my husband Byron is in seminary, working on his Master’s of Divinity — on his path to becoming an Army Chaplain. In November, he accepted his first pastoral job at the loveliest little country church in Tiffin, Ohio. This new dynamic has changed a lot of things in our family: Daddy is now working AND doing school full time. We live in a new town where we don’t really know anyone. And we have a lot of responsibilities that are new to our family. One of the things that has been a HUGE learning curve for *me* is dealing with church Read More

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How To Build a Cubby Wall

We recently did an overhaul of our back room. This room is a hub of multi-purpose in our home: it serves as the pantry, laundry room, garage, recycling center, and it has entrances to outside, the kitchen, and the basement. When we moved in, the storage in that room was just NOT meeting our needs for a room with so many purposes. In fact, sometimes it got to the point where we couldn’t even walk through it. {Don’t believe me? Click here for photographic evidence.} The remodel started with a collapsed ceiling. Since we had to clear the entire room in order to get the ceiling replaced, Read More

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How to have a Stress-Free Yard Sale

Summer is halfway over, but there is still plenty of time to prepare for and hold a yard sale! I’ve had many, many yard sales in my day, and they all had one thing in common: I got stressed out beyond belief. The past few yard sales I have held, I adjusted my methods and strategies, and it has helped immensely! Read how I have changed to make my yard sales easier and more successful!   Old Mistake: Preparing too early  New Way: No prep until the day before  Time is money. In the past, I would spend weeks getting ready for a yard sale, then I Read More

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Save Money on Gas!

The single greatest thing that we have done to save gas is called hypermiling. It’s a relatively new concept, but one that is gaining in popularity. It basically means, increasing the expected miles-per-gallon of your vehicle by altering your driving habits. It can be done in any vehicle, not just hybrids or compact cars. In fact, we drive a minivan and get much better than expected fuel efficiency. There are many steps to hypermiling, but the basic concept is: avoid the brake pedal like the plague. When you hit the brake, you’re basically wasting all the gas you used to get up to that speed. Read More

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Weekly Menu: July 10th – 16th

Recently I did something I’ve never done before: I bought some groceries online! Here’s a little breakdown on how some of the different Amazon programs can save $$ on groceries. Amazon: Let me tell you about some of the different pricing options on Amazon: Subscribe & Save: This means that you are signing up for an automatic shipment in a few months. The good thing is that you can cancel as soon as your order ships, so you’re not obligated to stay on or purchase anything further. (I write in my date book to cancel, so I don’t forget!) For purchasing 1-4 S&S items in a calendar Read More

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Weekly Menu: July 3rd – 9th

So I failed in two major ways this week. I didn’t write a menu. AGAIN. I didn’t make it to Walmart until today… Thursday. Usually I try to go on Saturday, or Monday at the latest. So Thursday is bad for me. I don’t know what my deal has been this summer. I feel a little crazy with my husband gone for military training. If anything, that should make me want to be more efficient instead of decidedly less so. But I’m just trying to be honest and transparent with you guys. We have gotten McDonald’s and Little Caesar’s Hot’n’Ready pizzas a few times. Sometimes I make the kids Read More

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WIN a Passport Holder from Nunes Ohana Momma!

Several weeks ago, I posted a giveaway for this awesome Envelope System Wallet from Nunes Ohana Momma. I’m excited to share that I have another giveaway for you guys — a super cute passport holder! If you’ve been around my blog before, you probably know that I *LOVE* to travel! I’ve been to 21 countries {and counting!} and I speak several languages. Wanderlust is a big part of me, and it’s a big reason why I try to save so much money in my everyday life, so I can get out there and see more of God’s amazing creation! My family packs light when we Read More

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FREE Canister Labels Printable!

You guys — my wonderful blog readers — never cease to amaze me! You probably know already that I feed my family of 6 for under $175/month. I do this WITHOUT coupons. (Because who has time for coupons, really?) I used to coupon like crazy, but since those shows came out and ruined it for everybody, coupons just aren’t as good as they used to be. And also, they’re mostly for packed, processed foods. The last 4 years or so, I’ve been transitioning to a healthier way of life, by cooking with raw, whole ingredients instead of buying packaged food. This means I don’t buy Read More

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🎉 How to Throw a Frugal Birthday Party 🎈

Birthday season just ended in my house. Among my four kids, we have one birthday in January, two in April, and one in May. I love celebrating with them and making it special, but I don’t love the price tag that comes with many traditional birthday party options. If you look at the website of a company that hosts parties — places like bouncy gyms, roller skating rinks, playplaces, etc. — it’s not uncommon for parties to cost several hundred dollars, or even as much as a thousand. That’s a LOT to pay for a few hours of fun. So I wanted to tell you some of Read More

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Weekly Menu: May 29th – June 4th

As you may have seen in my video last week, things sure are different around here with my husband out of town! One week down, eleven to go! As much as I miss him, one of the benefits of his absence is that I’m cooking a lot less! The kids don’t eat much, and I don’t either, so I only need to cook a few times a week and the leftovers last really long (a little too long, perhaps). I’m trying something a little different this week: I’m buying the ingredients for two full dinners, plus whatever fill-in items we need. But I’m not planning on Read More